Turn plain french bread into cheesy, garlicky perfection with this epic Cheesy Garlic Bread. With three kinds of cheese, herbs and tons of garlic, this is the garlic bread you’re going to want to make over and over again.
Garlic Bread is one of those recipes that everyone seems to know how to make. It’s pretty easy to make a basic garlic bread. I mean, butter, garlic, bread, right? That’s what I used to think…until I started making this Cheesy Garlic Bread. This is the garlic bread recipe to end all garlic bread recipes.
The easiest garlic bread recipe known to man is basically soft butter, granulated garlic, and bread. This recipe takes that basic principle and kicks it up about 27 notches. There are 6 cloves of fresh garlic mixed with a stick of softened butter. You have to have soft butter. Make sure you take that butter out of the fridge at least an hour before you plan to make this bread. And for the love of all that is good and garlicky, do not microwave that butter.
Ok, moving on.
So you’ve got 6 cloves of garlic and soft butter. You’re also going to stir in a generous tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley. You could use dried here, but use the same amount. It’s just as much for color as it it for flavor.
Now slather all that buttery goodness on some french bread. I try to get the freshest loaves I can because they just taste better. But even a loaf from the discounted, day-old section will work fine. Slice it in half lengthwise and slather that butter and garlic mixture all over. As Jeff Mauro says, “crust to crust!” You want the butter to reach all of the outside edges. As you can see I didn’t do a very good job.
Next pile on the cheese. We’re using a luscious combination of Mozzarella, Parmesan and sharp cheddar. The Parm and cheddar have a nice sharp bite that compliments the smooth creaminess of the Mozzarella. Sprinkle on a little more parsley for color.
Now bake those lovely loaves in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, then flip on the broiler (no need to move the rack) and broil for several minutes to get that cheese nice and golden brown. As Anne Burrel says, “brown food tastes good!”
I know, I watch too much Food Network.
But you will forget all about that when you get your grubby little hands on this Cheesy Garlic Bread. And then all will be right with the world again.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Yield 6 -8 servings
- 1 loaf french bread
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, divided
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup fresh grated Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
- Slice French bread loaf in half lengthwise. Place each half, cut side up, on a foil line baking sheet. Set aside.
- Stir together softened butter, minced garlic and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley. Spread evenly on each half of the french bread loaf. In a small bowl combine cheese then sprinkle evenly on top of the bread. Sprinkle remaining parsley even over the cheeses.
- Bake in the 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler to high, move the rack to the top position, and broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly.
- Allow bread to cool and cheeses to set for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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